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Acer Liquid E - Multi-touch, Camera & Battery Life

Niall Magennis

By Niall Magennis



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As you would expect the handset uses the standard Android web browser and this benefits greatly from the multi-touch zooming support letting you more accurately zoom in and out on pictures and columns of text. The zooming is slightly faster and more jumpy than on the iPhone, but it still makes navigation of complex web pages much more intuitive than the double tap zooming on non multi-touch handsets. Thanks to support for both HSDPA (up to 7.2Mbps) and Wi-Fi, web pages are also fast to load no matter whether you’re on the move and using the mobile data network or at home browsing via Wi-Fi.

The phone’s Google Maps app also benefits greatly from the multi-touch zooming, allowing you to effortlessly use your fingers to zoom in and out on different areas on the map. As you would expect, the handset has onboard GPS so it can pin-point your position, and with a quick trip to the Android Market you can download the Google Navigation update for Google Maps, which gives you turn-by-turn navigation support complete with synthesised voice instructions.

Sensibly, Acer has kitted the phone out with a standard headphone jack (located at the top of the chassis) and although the bundled headphones are merely average, the sound quality from the jack is impressive when you use it with a decent set of cans.

On the rear is a 5-megapixel camera. This does have auto-focus, but unfortunately, there’s no flash. However, there’s relatively little shutter lag when taking photos and outdoor shots generally look sharp. That said, it does have a tendency to slightly over saturate the colours at times. Furthermore, it’s not all that hot when working indoors as photos tend to look quite dark and grainy. The video mode is a bit lacklustre, too, as it has a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 pixels, which is somewhat behind the 720p capabilities of the likes of the Samsung Wave.

The main reason that Acer has decided to underclock the Snapdragon processor is to preserve battery life and it certainly seems to have helped. We managed to get about two and a half days out of it before it needed a recharge, which is impressive by smartphone standards.

Some of the Snapdragon-equipped phones we’ve tested have suffered from call quality problems where voice calls would descend into robotic warbles, but we thankfully had no such problems with the Liquid E. We found that the earpiece was loud enough to makes itself heard above the din in noisy bars and the mic delivered consistently crisp audio. The phone also seemed to hold on to a signal pretty well, even in less robust signal areas.


We’re not overly keen on the Liquid E’s design as it’s a little too plasticky and a tad too wide for our liking. However, if you can get past the design issues you’ll find a very capable handset with a fast processor, great capacitive screen and good all-round specification. At present, we think it’s priced a little too high in comparison to the likes of the HTC Legend, but if the price falls soon it may be worth serious consideration.

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August 11, 2010, 1:53 pm

I just picked up a Liquid A1 for 200 notes .. lots of places selling them off at the moment. As far as I can tell there's no change in hardware and it has the same 2.1 update as this .. £200 for a full-fat Android handset is a bargain.


August 11, 2010, 2:48 pm

Why are some of the shots showing 1.6 if this phone runs 2.1?

Also, while £350 isn't exactly cheap it's definitely not high end either (hello £499/£599 iPhone 4!). You compare it to the Legend which is basically old tech kitted out in a shiny outfit but I'd argue that the Legend is actually overpriced for what you get, premium materials accepted.

Good on them for not customising it though.


August 11, 2010, 3:10 pm


You'll have to admit that compared to the FAR better-specified Samsung Galaxy S (http://www.trustedreviews.c..., which is currently available for under £400 sim-free, this is overpriced...


August 11, 2010, 3:45 pm


Definitely. I don't think it's worth £350 but was just making the point that £350 isn't really high end.

The Desire and Galaxy s can be had for £319 from O2 on PAYG. Now that's a bargain. My mate managed to 15% staff discount off that too.

Geoff Richards

August 11, 2010, 3:50 pm

@ravmania: is that in-store only? I can't see either handset on O2 PAYG on their site:


Denis iii

August 11, 2010, 4:01 pm

it possible to drop vanilla android 2.2 on this?

...:( when will Phone OS's behave like PC OS's!!!!


August 11, 2010, 4:45 pm


Saw them both in the O2 store in Westfield.


November 3, 2010, 11:16 pm

Android phone looks good but can crash and erase everything on the phone, so that is a minus. It also takes minutes to load some pages. Some days I don't get no text messages.

So for now, this phone has too many glitches and I regret buying it. I rate it a 3 on a scale of 1 to 10.


August 27, 2011, 12:54 pm

I just got this phone 2 days back & let me tell you that acer needs to work a lot .......I initially replaced 2 phones & the 3rd one which i have too is having some issues which include-:
1) Automatic restarting of the phone while on call
2) Battery life really sucks
3) charging takes a lot of time
4) Phone get heated up a lot when applications are used for may be 20 min at a stretch

I am gonna replace this phone and go for some HTC phones....but this was totally unexpected from acer....

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